OAF får spennende besøk av Pablo Castro fra OBRA Architects torsdag 19. april 2012!
Tekst Gisle Nataas
Sist oppdatert 15.04.2012
OBRA Architects ble startet av argentinske Pablo Castro og amerikanske Jennifer Lee i New York City i 2000. OBRA Architects sine arbeid spenner fra møbel og interiør til bygninger og masterplaner. Deres arbeider har vært utstilt I hele verden, blandt annet i Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Art Museum of China, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum. OBRA Architects vant også 'PS1 MoMA Young Architects Program' med deres installasjon BEATFUSE I 206! I 2012 åpnet OBRA sitt andre kontor med beliggenhet I Beijing.
Velkommen til spennende forelesning hjemme hos OAF I Josefinesgate 34, torsdag 19. April, klokken 19.00
The projects undertaken by OBRA span a wide range of programs and sizes, from furniture and interior landscapes to single-family residences, housing, and larger-scale masterplanning projects, yet consistently seek to evoke invention and interest through explorations of material, structure, site and experience. Their practice and their work seek to challenge and expand the range of metaphors in which architecture finds its meaning. OBRA considers each and every project to be intimately bound to its surroundings, extending afield into site and landscape the conceptual understanding of the architectural work. As a result many proposals and built works include outdoor components and integration into the natural or urban landscape.
Pablo Castro's design direction at OBRA Architects has produced a body of award-winning projects: four AIANY Design Awards, 2008 ID Annual Design Review Award, and two 2004 Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Awards. He is a 2006 NYFA Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures and a 2003 Society of Architectural Historians de Montëquin Senior Fellow. He participated in MoMA's 2007 Conversations with Contemporary Artists. He has taught at Barnard Columbia College, RISD, Parsons, Pratt Institute Graduate Architecture, and Cranbrook Art Academy. He has lectured across the globe, at Central Academy of Fine Arts (China), Tsinghua University, UC Berkeley, University of North Carolina, Universidad Nacional de Chile, Instituto di Tella, Universidad Diego Portales, Universidad Nacional de San Juan, NJIT, RISD, Columbia University, Cranbrook Academy of Art, among others.
The work of OBRA has been exhibited widely, and has been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Art Museum of China, the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, and Rhode Island School of Design, among others. OBRA is the 2006 Winner of the PS1 MoMA Young Architects Program with its installation BEATFUSE! which opened to the public in June of that year. OBRA Architects was selected for the 2005 Architectural League Emerging Voices, and its installations have been included an emergency shelter prototype with furniture system for the National Art Museum of China's 2009 "Crossing: Dialogues for Emergency Architecture" Exhibit, as well as the recent Oxymoron Pavilion recently erected at the 2011-2012 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism.
Current work includes a residence in Argentina and a private eco-residence in Costa Rica. They have recently completed a café in Soho, New York City, and a 5-acre weekend retreat in Southampton, New York. Past projects range from large-scale residential masterplans, museums and opera houses to small-scale furniture and lighting. They have expanded their international reach to include several projects in China, including museum interiors and a villa in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, and have a few projects in early planning stages in various areas in and around Beijing including a primary school with boarding dormitories that is scheduled to begin construction in early 2013.